Very Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #5831
University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1981. First Edition. Signed by the author on front free endpaper to her sister with inscription "To Jean, A member of "my family," to whom this book is dedicated. My deepest thanks for being such a loving sister. Allie."
Octavo; 192pp. Red cloth-covered boards with silver lettering to spine. Missing dust jacket. Boards rubbed at corners and spine ends, with a bit of a roll to spine. A few chapters with moderate to heavy underlining, with a few dog-eared pages. Binding is sound. Not ex-library.
Lyon represented first Vermont and later Kentucky in congress. He was the first person to be prosecuted under the Sedition Act of 1798 for his vocal opposition to then-president John Adams, and his arguments while representing himself in court that the Sedition Act violated the constitutional right to free speech made him a political martyr for the First Amendment. He won re-election while still in prison.
This copy most recently from the personal library of journalist and former presidential speechwriter William Safire, with no ownership markings.